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Amazon Fulfillment Center test positive for COVID-19

Amazon Fulfillment Center test positive for COVID-19”

In Shepherdsville, Kentucky, Amazon's local warehouse closed on Monday after three workers tested positive for the virus, according to WDRB, which cites a voice message sent to the warehouse's employees.

In some cases, local media reports indicate that facilities were closed temporarily for cleaning and that workers who came into contact with the infected employee (or employees) were placed in quarantine.

The facility remained open after the positive test result was shared with a small group of supervisors Tuesday, the New York Post reported. This comes in light of a steady escalation of coronavirus cases in U.S., even as the country's government continues to put large sections of the country in lockdown and announces economic measures to soften the blow on the economy.

Amazon said it has followed guidelines from local officials about the operations of its buildings and has taken increased measures to clean facilities.

Athena, a workers' rights advocacy group, said workers at Amazon's NY warehouse had to continue working while the facility was being cleaned after the case there was confirmed.

Amazon has altered its warehouse policies since the outbreak of the virus as it tries to balance worker safety with a huge spike in online orders from people locked down at home.

In Texas, the unnamed employee works on the management team for an Amazon delivery station based in the city of Katy, the company told PCMag in a statement.

She added that the employee in question was last on-site on March 11 and that Amazon had asked anyone who had had contact with them to take 14 days of paid leave. The company is already alerting visitors to its website of longer delivery times and encouraging customers to choose hasty delivery if their needs are not urgent. However, Amazon has made every worker at the facility aware of the confirmed coronavirus case. The company says it has eliminated standup meetings during shifts and has started staggering start and break times.

Hundreds of workers have signed a petition saying they do not think Amazon has done enough to ensure they are protected during the coronavirus-fueled boom for the company.

For now, that means Amazon warehouse workers and delivery people remain among the most exposed, working on the front lines of the crisis in hopes of winning a paycheck and ensuring that households can continue.to have soap and paper towels delivered to their door.



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